Inspiration 24/06/11

Its been a while now since we last posted some inspirational videos for you so here are another 4 great videos with powerful messages to motivate you in you training. Enjoy.

The guys from EliteFTS prove the impossible.

 

Are you  just making excuses?

 

You are your maker. Go achieve.

 

Do you have passion in your eyes?

 

 Train Hard. Train Smart. Stay Strong.

What It Takes to be Number One – Vince Lombardi

Sometimes we just cannot say it better ourselves. Today, we have some truly inspiring words from the great Vince Lombardi.
 

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that’s first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don’t ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.

Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he’s got to play from the ground up – from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That’s O.K. You’ve got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you’ve got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.

Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization – an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win – to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don’t think it is.

It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That’s why they are there – to compete. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules – but to win.

And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.

I don’t say these things because I believe in the ‘brute’ nature of men or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour — his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear — is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”

– Coach Vincent T. Lombardi

Stop Looking for the Secret Formula – by Jamie Bolton

Stop looking for the ‘secret formula’, there isn’t one. 

Now I hate to break it to you, but the truth of the matter is this – you probably already know everything you need to know in order to succeed. However, the problem is, you just don’t want to do it.

“Ya i know squats are a great exercise but they’re kinda hard” or
“I know veggies are great for you but its boring to eat them”

These are such retarded statements when you think about it, yet we hear it all the time. People are afraid of doing the very things that they know can produce results.
Why? Because its hard and there must be some easier way.

You probably know everything you need to get there, just do it!

If you log onto any strength training forum and you will see endless threads with people asking for critique on the minutiae in their program, diets and more typically most of the time – supplements.

“Like theres this super-duper creatine made in Russia lined with pixey dust, but is it better than this one which is cross-filtrated decarboned fossilated creatine which my mate said will get you hyuuuge” (yes both are made up before you go looking for them)

Dude for f**ks sake its creatine, it may well help but please just go and buy some standard creatine monohydrate and get over it. Heck go buy a gallon of milk a day instead, you’re probably not eating enough anyway.

Results are a function of two things – hard work and consistency. Nothing more, nothing less.

People want things that give them instant gratification….eat a donut now and yummm yeah, it tastes good, but is it really getting you closer to your goals? Replacing junk food with real food might not be instantly gratifying, but you’ll be thankful in a few months time when you look, feel and perform better.

That’s kind of the problem these days with society. Everyone wants instant rewards. No in fact, they expect instant results. Sure you’ve eaten like crap for the past 25years but somehow you expect to look like a mens health cover model in a month? Give me a break. Apply some logic here, if it took you years to get that way, you really think you can reverse it overnight?

If you want it, and I mean really want it, then you need to be prepared to make permanent lifestyle changes and stop looking for short cuts, because they’re aren’t any. There is no program that allows you to sit on your arse all day, eat crap and yet look & perform great, no matter how hard to you look for it or attempt to believe it exists. I know the magazines and media say it does, but guess what – they are putting out ‘lies’ in order to make you buy the damn thing because they know it appeals to the instant gratification people want to be true. It’s called marketing.

Anything is possible when it comes the realm of strength training, but it always boils down to one thing – desire. Those who want it enough are walking the walk, doing day in, day out what everyone knows produces results. They’re not hung up on looking for the ‘magic’ formula. They train like monsters, eat like beasts and sleep like babies. They don’t spend more time looking for a program or a diet than actually following it. They already know the real key to success – hard work & consistency.

Make Time – by Jamie Bolton

Time. We all claim to wish we had more of it. There’s supposedly so much more we could do if only we did. 

“I could be as strong as him, but I don’t have time to train 3 hours a day”.
“Sure my diet could be tidied up, but I don’t have time to cook all that healthy food.”
“My mobility sucks but I don’t have the time to stretch and stuff.”

Some of this is misinformation. The rest is just weak excuse making at best, and plain old laziness at its worst. Yet I dread to think what a tally might come to if I kept a note of these instances over the average week.

I’ll start with the misinformation. Anyone who believes those getting results must be putting in 2-3 hour sessions daily is wrong. And heck, unless you’re a professional athlete, there is no need to do so. Most trainees that are out there looking and performing good are investing on average an hour or so a day, four to five times a week. That’s a total of about 5 hours a week. Now before you start up and moan, ‘but I can’t find 5 hours a week’, I’m going to call bulls***. How many hours a week do you spend watching TV? Thought so.

Healthy cooking? This one really winds me up. It’s not hard to eat well. Almost every piece of fruit requires no preparation beyond a bit of peeling at most. Its not very hard to steam some veggies either. And how hard is it to cover a few chicken breasts in some olive oil, salt and pepper and stick them in the oven for 20mins? Heck do it en masse, stick them in tupperware containers and you’ve got meals for the next few days pre-prepared. I always cook chicken and brown rice in bulk to get me through for a few days. It doesn’t even have to be as hard as this, the real easy option is to consume more through shakes, of the like that Ben described in his article here. There are an unbelievable amount of easy-to-cook wholesome, healthy recipes that take less than 30 minutes to do if you care to have a look.

When anyone claims they “don’t have the time”, what they are really saying is “I don’t want to find the time”. Now, that’s absolutely fine. But realise that results don’t just happen. They are worked for. If you are going to take that attitude, don’t be surprised when you’re as weak as you were a year ago, or look the same, and so on.

Life is about choices. Sure, you have a finite amount of time. But how much of it is wasted on pointless procrastination? Seriously, as a simple exercise, ban yourself from TV and general-internet browsing (with the exception of elitekinetics.com !) for a day, and suddenly you’ll realise how much time you really have. Now tell me you don’t have the time to get in that mobility work, or make healthy meals etc. And when it really boils down to it, missing a few hours of TV or internet or whatever a week isn’t a big deal. But looking and performing great? It’s absolutely priceless.

There is nothing fantastic or spectacular that those who are getting results are doing that you cannot. They simply make it a habit to do so; they consistently do it. They make the time. Stop making excuses for yourself. If you really, truly want to be better. Then just start being better. Do it from today.


I realise this could mean wholesale changes for some of you. So take baby steps. Drink too much coca-cola? Switch to diet coke. Then cut down on how many you have. Then cut it out completely. Not doing any mobility work? Then work in 5-minutes a day once you get up. Then make it 10 minutes. And so on. 

Its amazing what you can accomplish if you take it step-by-step. You have the time. Its always a choice with what you do with it. You want to be better? Be better.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” Aristotle.

Attitude – by Jamie Bolton

I’m going to cut straight to the chase and reveal the fitness industry’s biggest secret. Are you ready? But shushhhhh, don’t tell anyone. There isn’t one. What? Yeah there is no secret.

Wait what?

Look, what separates the weak from the strong isn’t some secret training program, it isn’t some revolutionary diet, it is ATTITUDE.

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill

Notice that guy in the gym going hell for leather? Headphones in, sweat dripping off him? Yeah he’s probably lifting more weight than you are too. He might be mid-set squatting, looks like he’s beat, but he still drops down and gets that one more rep. Sod it, he went and got two more.

It might be that woman at work who meticulously follows her diet. She’s dropped more lbs in the past month than you have in the last year. Your buddy comes round and offers round some cake. You accept, heck it won’t hurt your fat loss efforts will it? She declines.

Or it might be a pal that gets up at the break of dawn to work out, since he’s got a job and family to support. He’s out in his garage at 5am, working to build a better him. How about you? Tucked up in bed, 5am’s far too early to work out after all? He’s breaking out PR’s before you’ve even opened an eyelid.

I’ll even go a step further with these stories. You analyze, as you do. The hardcore guy in the gym, he seems to be breaking the ‘rules’, he does far more sets than that muscle and fitness magazine said to. The woman at work eats too many carbs, sure they’re in the form of fruits, but that low-carb nutrition guru said that was bad. Our early-starter pal, he hasn’t got all the fancy equipment that our gym has, heck he’s just got a barbell, some plates and a rack, that can’t be good.

It’s funny, as despite this, I bet all of these people are making more progress than YOU.

But wait, you’ve got that super-duper, lean-muscle-freak-enhanced new program. Your diet, well that’s from the leading nutrition guru’s. Equipment? State of the art gym I bet. What’s going wrong?

Whilst these other people have ‘inferior’ set ups, they have the one thing that trumps everything else – attitude. They want it. They crave it. And you know what, they’re getting it – progress.

I wonder, and indeed worry, about the amount of people out there who focus on the minutiae in what they do. “Should I do 4×8 or 3×10?” or “Whats better – chicken or turkey?”, or in fact, more commonly something like “Should I take creatine?”, believing this will make all the difference. This is whats known as ‘paralysis by analysis’, or not being able to see the woods for the trees. People zone in on excess detail, losing the ability to make effective decisions, and worst of all, it’s on such marginal issues that it doesn’t make a blind bit of difference.

The best program in the world followed half-heartedly won’t work all that well, if at all, period. A program with just an inkling ‘rightness’, but followed with unswerving passion and all-consuming desire to succeed trumps it every time.

Imagine what you get if you put it together. You educate yourself and follow a solid, proven training and nutritional program. And you follow it with such a zeal and dedication that suddenly you are that person I described above. You show an infectious intensity in the gym. You eat like your life depends on it.

Stop worrying about the fine-print of what you do and just do it. Believe in your actions. Drive to constantly be better. Be better.

The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right.” Henry Ford

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